I rented a Tesla Model 3 on the car-sharing app Turo with almost no human interaction — and it was clear why the app is great for millennials

Tesla Model 3

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  • I used a peer-to-peer car-sharing app, Turo, for the first time when I rented a Tesla Model 3 sedan at the end of September.
  • While I initially had concerns about pickup and dropoff logistics, I found the entire rental experience to be more seamless than I’d expected.
  • And I had no problems communicating with the car’s owner.
  • I’d definitely consider using Turo again.
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The car-sharing market has grown rapidly in recent years, from around 350,000 global users in 2006, to around 7 million in 2015. 

The rise of smartphones has only made it easier for people to rent out their cars when they’re not using them (or to buy a car specifically for rentals, with the idea of eventually making a profit off rental income) by helping to facilitate peer-to-peer car-sharing apps like Turo, Getaround, and Maven.

I used a peer-to-peer car-sharing app, Turo, for the first time when I rented a Tesla Model 3 sedan at the end of September. While I initially had concerns about pickup and dropoff logistics, I found the entire rental experience to be more seamless than I’d expected. Coordinating my pickup and dropoff required only two quick phone calls and a handful of text messages.

Here’s what it was like.

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